A St. Patty’s Day Conversation with Anthony Smith
Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, and it was also the three-year “anniversary” of my friendship with Anthony Smith. After dinner (thanks, Mom, great lasagna!), we enjoyed some Wii bowling and some Guinness, and then we sat down to record this half-hour conversation. Click to watch:
Anthony unpacks “Africentric theology” and explains the differences between it and black liberation theology, what it means to be “racist,” etc. We talk about our political affiliations (I’m for Obama, Anthony is still not saying) and respond to the assumptions that this controversy should somehow derail Barack Obama’s candidacy.
The bottom line is: White Christians need to work harder to understand the history and complexity of the black church tradition and the role of prophetic voices (like Rev. Jeremiah Wright).
I am grateful to God for my friendship with Anthony, which has challenged me to examine my own privileged position as a white male, part of the dominant culture, and my own unconscious prejudice about “the other” (be it blacks, latinos, the poor, etc.).
Here are some links related to this conversation:
Anthony and I will speaking about the emerging church next month on “The Danny Fontana Show”